Saturday, October 16, 2010
Halloween Countdown: Day 16 - Hotline
I am semi-obsessed with Hotline, which premiered on this day in 1982 on CBS, so it's funny that I've never reviewed it... Not only do I love Lynda Carter, but this movie also has Steve Forrest, Granville Van Dusen and the always wonderful Monte Markham. It's a pretty good thriller featuring Lynda Carter as a bartender who lives in one of those small idyllic California coastal towns that don't exist. And even if they did, she certainly couldn't afford to live there. Everything has that late 70s - early 80s wood panelled look that I love so much. She hooks up with this psychologist who runs a hotline for people who aren't as cool as Lynda Carter. She volunteers and begins to receive calls from the local killer. This one is pretty fun, has some nice phone terror and the twist is simply outrageous! I've been watching Hotline in bits as I go to bed recently and I really enjoy the whole set up and the pacing. Plus Lynda looks fabulous. I should also give a nod to Steve Forrest who I underappreciated until I saw Hollywood Wives a few months ago. He's basically the same airhead Hollywood stud in this, and he's way too good at it! I would wonder if he was like that if I hadn't seen him speak a couple of years ago at a screening of Phantom of the Rue Morgue. He was so gracious and warm and I've been in love with him ever since. And here's a nifty bit of trivia... did you know his brother was uber-stud Dana Andrews? Too cool!
Read more about Hotline at:
Anchorwoman in Peril
And the Horror Society did a nifty piece on a a trio of Lynda Carter's TV movies!